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Jussie Smollett is reportedly suicidal after his character, Jamal Lyon, was axed from Fox TV’s soap opera Empire next season. Variety.com reports Empire was renewed at the final hour on Tuesday. 20th Century Fox executives negotiated a contract extension for Smollett, but decided not to bring his character back next season.

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Empire creator Lee Daniels shared the cast reaction to Jussie Smollett's ongoing criminal case in a video on his Instagram account on Wednesday night.

The fallout continues as Empire's TV ratings crashed to a new low for the 2nd consecutive week.

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Actor Jussie Smollett may have got the idea for his hoax homophobic attack from an emotional Instagram post by Lee Daniels. The Empire director wrote a heartfelt Instagram post on Jan. 10, after his cousin was assaulted because of his homosexuality.

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2 brothers from Nigeria will be charged in the alleged hate crime against actor and singer Jussie Smollett, 36.

The Empire star claims he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters with a rope and bleach. The men shouted racial and homophobic slurs as he left a Subway restaurant around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29.

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Lee Daniels spoke out about the alleged racial, homophobic attack on Empire star Jussie Smollet that occurred early Tuesday in Chicago. Smollett, 36, had arrived in Chicago Monday night. He was on his way to get something to eat at 2 a.m. when he was allegedly attacked.

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Chicago investigators are searching for video footage that may show the brutal attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett that occurred early Tuesday morning. Smollett was reportedly attacked by two masked men as he left his Chicago apartment to get something to eat around 2 a.m.

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(L-R) Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, and Benjamin Bratt attend the Fox Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theater in New York City on Monday. Howard and Henson star in Fox's scripted soap opera Empire, while Latifah and Bratt are the stars of Fox TV's musical drama 'Star'.

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The always impeccably dressed pop singer Janelle Monae wore a custom tailored crushed velvet Armani tuxedo pantsuit to the 2016 BET Honors held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 5.
Photo: Derrick Salters/WENN.com

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Lee Daniels' new 'Dreamgirls' inspired scripted TV series is shaping up to be all-gay.

Remember I told you Daniels wanted to transform 'Empire' into a mostly gay cast? Well his dreams died quickly as Empire's ratings stumbled out of the gate. Empire was so gay centric that rappers attacked the series as being "too gay."

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'Empire' co-creator Lee Daniels is determined to make drag queen Amiyah Scott his muse.

Amiyah, who didn't make the cut this season on Real Housewives of Atlanta, was tapped by Daniels to join his fictional girl group in an 'Empire' spin-off series about a younger Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson).

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Lee Daniels can breathe a sigh of relief. The Fox soap opera musical Empire snapped its losing streak on Wednesday after 7 successive weeks of low ratings.

According to TVbytheNumbers, Empire's episode 8 drew 100,000 more viewers than last week's episode.

Daniels can thank actress Vivica A. Fox for the ratings resurgence.

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